Habitat Exceeds Challenge Grant

Executive Director Dieterich announced Habitat for Humanity had met, and exceeded, amount to be raised in a challenge match. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Executive Director Dieterich announced Habitat for Humanity had met, and exceeded, amount to be raised in a challenge match. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The celebration of Habitat for Humanity's 25 years in Sheridan was also the occasion for another celebration Saturday morning.

Christine Dieterich, who's the organization's executive director, announced that Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Bighorns has exceeded a $125,000 challenge match issued by Habitat board member John Standish.

Dieterich said the organization has been working really hard and reaching out to the community. Then last week, she received a call from the Homer A. and Mildred Scott Foundation. She said the foundation announced a $25,000 gift which, with some other fundraising efforts, has pushed Habitat's funds over the $125,000 mark.

The Scott Foundation was among the foundation, community, business and individual donors and partners recognized in awards presentations Saturday at the site of one of Habitat's latest builds on Poplar Trail.

Dieterich told those attending the awards presentation – which was preceded by a breakfast – that Habitat is currently building its 52nd house in Sheridan. She indicated the houses that surrounded the site and said all of them were Habitat homes.

Also speaking during Saturday morning's event was Shannon Cline, a single parent who is living in one of the more recent Habitat homes. Cline said she couldn't thank Habitat enough for giving her and her family stability.

Among those recognized for their contributions to Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Big Horns were major individual donors John and Pam Standish, Kim Love and Barbara Oedekoven; community partners including the Sheridan College Construction Technology Program, John Muecke and Eatons' Ranch; and major foundation donors including the Scott Foundation, Joe & Arlene Watt Foundation and Kibbee Foundation.

Also recognized were business sponsors Fremont Toyota, Wells Fargo and Thrivent Financial; community build partners, the Rotary Club, Board of Realtors and Kennon Products; and volunteers Pat Radar, Dan King and Renae Morris.

Dieterich also recognized three individuals in memorial: Eliza Evans, whose work for the Sheridan Habitat organization included serving as construction supervisor; Rick Greer, who served on the founding board of Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Big Horns from 1994 to 1997; and Dave Heuck, who was the Sheridan Habitat's first executive director.

People gather for breakfast and awards presentations. (Photo by Pat Blair)
People gather for breakfast and awards presentations. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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